|Alan Alda as||Arnold Vinick||Republican Candidate for President|
|Allison Janney as||C.J. (Claudia Jean) Cregg||Chief of Staff|
|Joshua Malina as||Will (William) Bailey||Communications Director|
|Mary McCormack as||Kate (Katherine) Harper||Deputy National Security Advisor|
|Janel Moloney as||Donna (Donnatella) Moss||Santos / McGarry Campaign Staffer|
|Bradley Whitford as||Josh (Joshua) Lyman||Santos Campaign Manager|
Jimmy Smits as
|Matthew Vincente Santos||Democratic Candidate for President|
Martin Sheen as
|Jed (Josiah Edward) Bartlet||President of the United States|
|Special Guest Stars|
|Teri Polo as||Helen Santos||Matt Santos' Wife|
|Ron Silver as||Bruno Gianelli||Vinick / Sullivan Campaign Strategist|
|Stephen Root as||Bob Mayer||Vinick Speechwriter|
|J.K. Simmons as||Harry Ravitch||Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman|
|Michael Chieffo as||Hayes||FEMA Director|
|Matthew Del Negro as||Bram (Howard)||Santos / McGarry Campaign Staffer|
|Renée Estevez as||Nancy||Aide|
|Adam Shulman as||Youth Voter #1|
|Vanessa Lee Chester as||Youth Voter #2||Karen|
|Matt Corboy as||Asst. HHS Sect. Blieden|
|Peggy Dunne as||D.O.E. Spokeswoman|
|Emil Beheshti as||Reporter #1||Time Reporter|
|Paul Rae as||Reporter #2||Walter|
|Caroline Duncan as||Reporter #3||Jane|
|Joyce Guy as||Santos Reporter #1||Charlayne|
|Sumalee Montano as||Vinick Reporter #1|
|Timothy Davis-Reed as||Vinick Reporter #2||Mark O'Donnell|
|Penny Griego as||Anchor #1|
|Ivan Allen as||Anchor #2||Roger Salier|
|John Hemphill as||E.P.A. Spokesman|
MASSPIRG's no-nukes advocates say if they can't convince you that the aging Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant shouldn't have its license renewed for another 20 years, perhaps "West Wing" President Jeb [Jed] Bartlet can have a go at it.
Apparently, the TV prez has to make some tough decisions when a nuclear reactor in California (not Plymouth) is thisclose to exploding in tonight's episode called "Duck and Cover."
"The issues and the storyline are all pretty accurate in showing what would happen down the road," said MASSPIRG's Energy Associate Evan Feinman, who spent the week firing off Letters to the Editor about tonight's show.
Feinman, who admits he saw a few pages of the script, but can't divulge where he scored them, said that the episode boosts many of MASSPIRG's arguments against Pilgrim including "that evacuation plans are a joke."
"It's rare that a network show goes out of its way to make this issue more public," he said, adding that the "West Wing" writers did not contact him. Perhaps next time.
File Under: Reactor Reaction.
"Explosive 'West Wing' on MASSPIRG's side of no-nukes issue"
by Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa
January 22, 2006